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The Palm Guide to User Group Events at Macworld Expo, a Palm program that offers a \"complete schedule of events, presenters and conferences as well as a handy guide to Macintosh User Group activities and resources for after Expo\" has been released by Palmtop Publishing, the User Group Advisory Board, and Macworld Expo.
LimeWire 1.6, an update to the popular Java client for the Gnutella network, has been updated in a maintenance release for Classic Mac OS and Mac OS X. [Classic, Carbon]
The New York Times has published an article on the Cube\'s demise entitled \"Can Good Looks Guarantee a Product\'s Success?\" [free registration required]
GypsyWare has released Market Your Software, a program that makes marketing shareware easier by including an automated press release creator, a release checklist for every product, a built in mailing list, automatic press release distribution, and many other features. The software is being sold for $34.95.
Charismac has released a major update to Discribe, their CD burning software, to add background burning capability, video CD support, CD extras support, iTunes driver support, and support for numerous other CD burners. While the retail price is $99, Charismac has stated that it will offer competitive upgrade pricing from products like iTunes for only $29.96.
A MacNN reader has informed us that he has received a shipping confirmation for the PowerBook G3 replacement power adapters he requested from AppleCare. The email did not state when the adapters would ship or which model of adapter they were.
Snapz Pro X, a total rewrite of Ambrosia Software\'s popular screen grab utility, will be released on July 17 with the special upgrade pricing of $19 for the standard version and $39 for the higher-end version with movie grab capabilities.
Solscape 1.0, Stimpsoft\'s \"solar data browser,\" an application that gets real time images of the Sun in various light wavelengths, has been released simultaneously for Classic Mac OS and Mac OS X. [Classic, Carbon]
Dr. Bott LLC is offering four new bags for Apple\'s new \"iceBook\" consumer portable, including the Sleeve, the Sleeve Deluxe, the Tote, and the Sleeve/Tote3 Pak.
Brian Hook, former programmer with id Software and Verant Interactive, has formed a new game development company, Pyrogon, which plans to focus on developing original, consumer-level titles for neglected segments of the game market, including the Mac, according to Inside Mac Games. The company\'s focus was formed around Hook\'s assertions that games have become too big and too expensive for the consumer.
Halcyon Software is working on developing a complete implementation of Microsoft\'s .Net framework in Java, which would let developers target any Java-enabled operating system, including Mac OS X, as well as tie into Java technologies such as EJBs, CORBA components and application servers. The product is tentatively named \"Instant.NET\" (i.NET); more details are available from the company\'s white paper.
O\'Reilly & Associates has released Dreamweaver 4: The Missing Manual, a $25 guide book to Macromedia\'s popular HTML design tool. The book\'s step-by-step tutorial for creating a Web site is coupled with online sites that mirror the processes described in the book. Chapter 17, \"Libraries and Templates,\" is available for free online.
osx.macnn.com reports on the Mac OS X port of OpenOffice, Apple\'s release of the CarbonLib 1.4b2 SDK, and a new version of AOL Instant Messenger for Mac OS X.
Metrowerks has released CodeWarrior for Mac OS Professional Edition 6.3, a maintenance release of its advanced programming environment that adds improvements to the CodeWarrior PPC Plugin Compiler. The update should only be applied to a CodeWarrior Pro 6.2 release.
AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) 4.5.237 is a new version of the instant messenging client for Mac OS X. New features include buddy icons support and an account settings interface; features expected in future updates include IM images, file transfers and smileys.
Apple has posted trailers for two upcoming Mac games: Blizzard Entertainment\'s WarCraft III: Reign of Chaos, which is expected to be released in early 2002, and Mumbo Jumbo Games\' Myth III: The Wolf Age, which is expected to be released at the end of this year.
Iomega has big plans for next week\'s expo, including some significant demonstrations and announcements, as described in our report, which has commentary from Iomega officials as well as in-depth information about the company\'s new and upcoming products.
Tactical Ops Beta 2, a major upgrade to the popular Unreal Tournament modification that simulates SWAT team scenarios, has been updated to add numerous new guns, several new skins, and a variety of new maps and scenarios. [direct download link unavailable]
Dr. Bott LLC has announced that they have signed an agreement to Apple in which Apple will now offer DVIator, Dr. Bott\'s utility for allowing the use of Apple\'s ADC flat panel displays on any computer with a compatible DVI video signal, directly through the Apple Store online.
Music swapping service Napster has announced settlement of their individual legal disputes with both Metallica and Dr. Dre. Both artists have agreed to make certain material available from time to time once an acceptable model is in place that ensures payment to artists and publishers. Napster plans to debut a subscription service later this summer, but at the moment has its free service offline while it works to reach 100 percent accuracy with its filtering system.
In a very positive review, ZDNet calls Apple\'s new iBook \"the best laptop to come out of Apple in a long time,\" but requests a few minor improvements, such as an additional wall-to-puck power cable, an included video adapter, and an iBook Special Edition with a faster processor and larger hard drive.
Afternoon tech news: Hewlett Packard has teamed up with Ericsson for a new in-car Internet access system that will allow cab riders to surf the web, e-mail, and even print from the back of the vehicle; Lucent, which helped Apple develop the successful AirPort wireless standard, will have to cut more jobs; and Sony has debuted the Airboard, a wireless flat-screen display for use with computers and DVD players.
Architosh reports on Nemetschek North America\'s upcoming 2001-2002 Professional Learning Series Tour, which will offer monthly VectorWorks training in cities throughout the U.S. and Canada.
In August, Canon plans to ship the XL1S, a $4,700 Mac-compatible, FireWire camcorder that builds upon features found in the company\'s XL1 model. The device adds 27 new specifications, including improved picture quality and many new manual functions.
iView Multimedia has released iView MediaPro 1.1, a new version of its media browser and asset-management software for Classic and Mac OS X that adds improved performance and stability. Other additions include improved slide show sound quality, a sort box for all views, support for images with a width larger than 4000px, and a \"High Selected\" command. The company will be demonstrating and handing out demo CDs of the software at next week\'s Macworld Conference & Expo New York.
OSOpinion has published an article reporting on the current state of themes in the Mac OS X interface. Comparing themes to an \"interface sledgehammer\" akin to Apple\'s infamous 1984 commercial, author Matt Johnson writes \"Apple ought to know that forcing its own users to conform to a single look and feel could tragically backfire.\"
An Industry Standard article draws reviews of the Apple-owned PowerSchool system from parents, students and administrators. The system, which is priced beginning at $5,000 for small schools, lets students and parents check their current grades and progress via the Internet or phone. \"It\'s making a difference in students\' performances,\" said one technology coordinator, \"and some would not have graduated if not for the new system.\"
An Interactive Week column speculates that next week\'s Expo will bring newly redesigned Power Macs (\"Cube-style\"), Mac OS 9.2, and newly redesigned flat-screen iMacs, which \"will come garnished with a complement of new peripherals, including a redesigned optical mouse and keyboard, new external speakers courtesy of Harman Kardon, and perhaps even a Webcam.\"
OpenOffice, Sun\'s open-source business productivity is still looking for a project lead for OS X development, as \"a loose band of developers is struggling to port OpenOffice to the next-generation OS,\" according to eWeek.
Adobe\'s VP of marketing for cross platform publishing, Susan Prescott, says that Adobe\'s relationship with Apple is \"almost familial in its intensity,\" refuting previously published reports about a \"chill\" between the two companies and noting that Illustrator and InDesign will be the first Adobe applications for OS X.
Live Channel 1.1 is described as the \"first software-only solution designed to replace a television studio, enabling anyone to produce and broadcast live media over the Internet...[it] creates a virtual live television studio on a desktop or laptop computer without any additional hardware.\" Version 1.1 includes support for synchronization of rich-media presentations with the live broadcast, including PowerPoint slides, photos, graphs, animations, text and interactive elements. A limited, free version allows broadcasting to 5 users.
PrefsOverload 3.0b2 is another developmental version of the \"full-featured\" tool for managing the Preferences Folder.
AppMaker 13.1 provides a Carbonized version of AppMaker and tweaks for AppMaker\'s code generators, libraries, and project stationery, including support for custom controls and custom lists to the $200 application for procedural programming and object-oriented programming \"assistant\" for most popular language environments.
Martin Hairer\'s Amadeus II v3.2.3 is a new version of the shareware ($25), disk-based visual waveform audio file editing application, offering support for live audio recording, digitizing tapes and records, sampling from external sources and for editing and analyzing sound files. Version 3.2.3 adds improved OS X compatibility and provides support for VST plugins.
A Better Finder Rename 4.0 Preview 1 for OS X is a \"substantial rewrite\" of the shareware ($15) contextual menu plugin for quickly renaming multiple files. The OS X version currently resides in the dock.
Rehearsing for Mars highlights NASA\'s Haughton-Mars Project, a Canadian high arctic mission that prepares for the possibility of completing the space voyage to another planet: \"they’re using PowerBooks, Final Cut Pro software and AirPort technology to produce digital video, send wireless communications — and watch DVD movies.\"
IconBuilder Pro 3.0, Iconfactory\'s $70 icon construction filter for Adobe Photoshop, includes icon development support for Windows XP, adds a new QuickConvert for \"instant\" cross-platform icon conversion, and \"resource protection\" for improved file-size efficiency. Upgrades are free for purchases after March 1, 2001, and are $20 for others.
GeeThree\'s new Slick Spice Edition (Volume 2, $30) includes 50 new transitions and other effects for iMovie as well as OS X compatibility.
Todd Heidesch notes that \"CarbonLib 1.4b2 SDK was released yesterday through the ADC website for registered developers. I\'ve noticed a dramatic improvement in stability of Carbon applications under Mac OS 9.1. Using the previous 1.4a6, I could easily reproduce any number of crashes. This was also somewhat the case with CarbonLib 1.3.1. I have yet to do any extensive testing, but my crash tests are now passing. Speed seems to be better as well.\" (It may also resolve the Classic OS X drag-and-drop bug, which we noted a few days ago.)
Steve Jobs\' Macworld Expo keynote next week will be broadcast live at a MacAssist event in Birmingham (UK) in \"an all-day show hosted by the Mac consultancy company. The event will be held at the Orange Studio, Cannon Street, Birmingham, B2 5EP on July 18 from 10am.\" (We previously noted both the live QT stream and the satellite broadcast info.)
JewelToy 1.1.3, a \"fiendishly addictive\" puzzle game from Giles Williams, adds Dutch internationalization Hendrickx (and is looking for help to develop French and Japanese localized versions).
Happy Machines has released an update to its \"highly efficient\" MPEG-4 video codec, 3ivx Delta 3.5, which offers better low-bandwidth video quality as a result of core algorithm improvements, a new Data Rate Tracking (DRT) engine and an optimized Artifact Reduction Mode (AR). The new version offers 5-10 times better compression than the previous version. A Personal Edition ($10) has DRT compression controls and AR mode, while the Plus Edition ($400) also includes support for optimization routines and Data Rate Sensitivity. A free \"testing\" edition is available. [Classic, Carbon]
SoundScript 1.01 adds a sound input level triggering using AppleScript to the shareware ($10) QuickTime sound scripting application, featuring hard-disk soundfile playback, looping, fading, recording and pitch-changing in real-time, manually or under script control.
VideoScript 2.2, an application language for digital video processing, is now available for OS X. Version 2.2 also improves performance, adds new functions, and significantly improves frame capture quality from DV sources. A free, standard version allows for import of most movie and image formats, while the $400 Professional version also offers a variety of export routines. [Classic; 6.0MB; Carbon: 1.8MB]
Canon\'s PowerShot 3.7 software, a Photoshop-compatible plug-in module for EOS D30 and PowerShot Pro90 IS, G1, S300, S110, S100, S20, S10, Pro70, A20, A10, A50, A5 Zoom, and A5 cameras is now available.
Yesterday Adobe announced the release of PageMaker 7.0. Other reports included Napster\'s service restoration difficulties, a delay of World War II Online: Blitzkrieg, a new 80 GB FireWire hard drive, Soft Solutions\' 4-Sight Fax 5.0, Runtime\'s Revolution 1.0, iBook and Cube hacks, Jurassic Park III games, and the DV MasStor Direct Recording Disk. Software releases included DVD Studio Pro 1.1, Airport Modem Utility 1.2, MacLinkPlus Deluxe 13, and Now Up-to-Date & Contact 4.01.
Ptah 1.2.3, Thoth Software\'s shareware text, movie, image, and sound viewer, has been updated with minor maintenance improvements.
Joseph Natasi has written an introduction to Rb3D , a forthcoming 3D graphics engine to be included in REALBasic 3.5.
Days To Go 2.1.3, Beyond Midnight Software\'s reminder utility, has been updated to add a new application which will display the dates and messages in a window on the screen for background viewing.
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Apple want ads hint at future Watch faces
An Apple job listing for a dedicated clock face team may suggest future fashion-brand partnerships, possibly in time for the updated watchOS updates that are likely to be revealed at this spring's Worldwide Developer Conference. Since the introduction of watchOS 2, there has only been four new watch faces, but three of them were left over from the first release, with only one truly new one -- the co-branded HermĂ©s face exclusive to that edition. There is a rumored March 15 event, but if that takes place it will likely focus on new band options as regards the Apple Watch. http://apple.co/1O1TbTI
Microsoft may end Office Support Professional prog
Microsoft appears to be either ending or seriously revamping its "Accredited Support Professional Program" for training on Microsoft Office for Mac and iOS it has offered at MacTech conferences since 2013. The program is not on offer at the upcoming MacTech tour, which begins on March 16 in San Francisco and includes a number of other cities. Microsoft has released a statement that it is "evaluating options for 2016, but don't have anything to share at this time." http://bit.ly/1KDz3MQ
Office for Mac v15.18 released
Microsoft has issued an update for the Mac version of its productivity suite, Office 2016. The v15.18 update offers improvements for all of the included apps, such as bringing full screen support to Outlook and allowing Word to save PDF files to flash drives. In addition, a new selection pane has been added to PowerPoint and Excel for keeping track of objects, and shapes can now be added to OneNote notebook pages. The update is free for all users, but requires a Mac running OS X 10.10 or later and a valid Microsoft Office 365 subscription. http://bit.ly/1Q7pAzW
Apple to open new south Florida mall store
According to real estate trade papers in south Florida, Apple has signed a lease for a new retail space in Miami, at the forthcoming Brickell City Centre (yes, the UK spelling is used) open-air mall, which is set to open later this year. The center will feature a five-story shopping area, condominiums, a hotel and office buildings, along with a "climate ribbon" in the shopping area to keep visitors cool, eschewing traditional air conditioning. The exact location of the Apple Store within the plan is not yet clear, but the destination already boasts 75 confirmed stores. http://bit.ly/1Q7n7Wd
Filemaker provides free custom app guide
FileMaker announced today the release of the first in a three-part series of free how-to guides that will lead teams through the process of building a custom app using the FileMaker Platform. FileMaker's new how-to guides provide a step-by-step process that starts with a planning cycle covering goals, requirements, functionality and usability, and run all the way through identifying user scenarios, defining requirements, addressing integration, providing security, and deployment of the final product. http://bit.ly/1o08wQh
OCZ Trion 150 SSD shifts to 15nm TLC NAND
SSD manufacturer OCZ has updated its entry-level 2.5-inch Trion 100 SSD. The new Trion 150 has similar performance to the now replaced model, and now utilizes 15nm TLC NAND. Sequential read speeds top out at 550MB/S, with 4KB random write speeds running from 25K IOPS in the 120GB model, to 64K IOPS in the 960GB version of the drive. Endurance is limited to 30TB in the 120GB, and peaks at 240TB in the 960GB version. Retail prices vary between $46 for 120GB, to $270 for the 960GB version. http://bit.ly/1nVmlyL
Google off the hook in CAPTCHA labor suit
US District Jacqueline Scott Corley has dismissed a proposed class-action suit against Google, that alleged that Google secretly was given an economic gain without user knowledge. The suit alleged, correctly, that the second word in Google's CAPTCHA service was used as a crowd-sourced word identification for Google's book-scanning project. The judge ruled that the suit as filed had no facts to support a "reasonable consumer would expect to receive compensation" for the seconds it took to complete the form, and in addition, the free Gmail account provided more than offset any labor penalty incurred by the user. http://bit.ly/1o06Cir